19 items from 2014
Katsuhiro Otomo‘s 1988 anime Akira is a classic. So, of course, Hollywood wants to remake it. However, the story is so sprawling and pessimistic, no one has been able to settle on a budget that would be financially feasible. Even some of the biggest stars in the world couldn’t make a live action Akira happen in […]
- Germain Lussier
A fan-made live action Akira trailer has arrived online.
Akira Re-Viewed: Anime classic still darkly relevant 25 years later
Funded through Indiegogo, the trailer features the famous opening and some key moments from the 1988 anime adaptation.
Akira has been the subject of a long development process in Hollywood, but so far is yet to get off the ground.
Unlike the planned big budget adaptation, Akira Project features Asian actors.
Director Jaume Collett-Serra was most recently connected to the Hollywood project, which was previously shuttered due to rapidly rising production costs. »
While Hollywood continues to sort out whether it'll ever produce a live-action adaptation of the beloved anime film Akira, fans can at least take solace in this fan-made re-creation of the feature, which is probably as close as anyone will ever get to capturing the animated film with real actors. The first trailer for The Akira Project is out, and given the level of quality we suspect it’s going to make a lot of its Indiegogo investors very happy. Director-producer Nguyen-Ahn Nguyen has done a really impressive job re-creating the look and feel of Katsuhiro Otomo’s film. Hopefully Hollywood see this and takes notes – keep the movie in Neo Tokyo and have Asian actors play the characters instead of trying to reinvent the whole thing with popular...
- Mike Bracken
A celebrated anime adaptation was released in the late 1980s, but for years Warner Bros. has been trying to make a live action version of Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo’s timeless manga classic. Akira fans eagerly awaiting a live-action adaptation have watched Warner Bros. delay the project time after time due to script, budget, and casting issues. Now the fans have taken Akira into their own hands, as an impressive live action fan-made trailer coined as The Akira Project has just been released.
Borne from an Indiegogo campaign, this fan-made trailer (directed and produced by Nguyen-Anh Nguyen) was filmed and perfected in post-production by a group known as The Akira Project:
“The Akira Project is a crowd-sourced, non-profit project meant to create a live action fan trailer of Akira, the renowned manga-turned-anime film from the late 1980′s; a stunning example of both mediums as art forms. While Hollywood has been working »
- Derek Anderson
Let's start Monday off with bang! The Akira Project has released a full five minute trailer for their amazing-looking Akira fan film, and there's a good chance that it's going to blow your mind. I've been following this project since I first heard about it, and it's come a hell of long way. This thing looks absolutely incredible and is most likely better than anything Hollywood plans on doing with the property. I couldn't be more thrilled for the filmmakers. A lot of time and hard work went into developing this, and it's going to pay off for them. This is exactly what most hardcore fans would want to see from a live-action Akira movie.
Here's a note from the creators of the film about how it all came together.
- Joey Paur
Odd List Ryan Lambie 28 Apr 2014 - 06:21
From Japanese anime to Disney via stop-motion, here are 18 animated films that are mystifyingly unavailable on Blu-ray...
Not all movies need to be seen in HD, but if there's one type of filmmaking that regularly benefits from the Blu-ray format, it's animation. Let us cite one example at random: My Neighbour Totoro. Until fairly recently, the only copy we had on the shelf was an early, imported version on DVD, which was grainy and a little washed-out.
When Studio Canal issued Totoro on Blu-ray in 2012, the difference in image quality was little short of a revelation: Hayao Miyazaki's colours and fluid lines positively shimmered. In short, it was like seeing this fresh, sun-drenched film again for the first time.
The same could be said for so many other animated films, no matter what country they come from: in high-definition, we can truly »
Top 10 Ryan Lambie 4 Mar 2014 - 05:53
Nb: While the below is spoiler-free, do avoid reading further if you’d prefer to see the final film absolutely cold.
Showing off 20 minutes of your forthcoming summer movie before it's even finished could, in theory, be a risky move. Yet Warner Bros and Legendary clearly have confidence in director Gareth Edwards' forthcoming Godzilla, and when we'd finished seeing some snippets of footage from his monster movie reboot, we were also confident that the full film will be worthy of the creature's status as cinema's King of the Monsters.
With our excitement suitably piqued by the footage (and you can read our spoiler-free thoughts on that here), Edwards took to the stage with presenter Edith Bowman to talk about Godzilla in an illuminating Q&A. »
It seemed to be as unlikely to get made as a sequel to the Green Lantern, but now it seems the American version of Akira is being raised from the movie-graveyard by director Jaume Collet-Serra, who has told ComingSoon.net “We’re working on it”.
Katsuhiro Otomo's popular manga and the classic 1988 anime film it spawned are among the most lauded and popular cinematic Japanese animated imports of the past 30 years. Few—if any—animated films have been as influential on the genre as Akira was. Its place as a classic is well deserved. Naturally enough, talk of a film adaptation has been going on since 1990. Each ill-fated attempt has ended in surrender by the studio or filmmakers.
Usually, an escalating budget is the reason for the projects demise. In its recent attempts, Warner Bros. had repeatedly cut down on the movie’s budget, claiming first that it would be a trilogy, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Would-be Akira director Jaume Collett-Serra has said that Japan lacks "strong characters".
"Nobody's interesting," he told Coming Soon.
"Tetsuo's interesting because weird s**t happens to him, and Kaneda is so two-dimensional.
"That's part of the Japanese culture, they never have strong characters. They're used as a way to move the other philosophy forward."
Collett-Serra told Collider that "powers that be are interested" in the long-delayed project, with the potential for a trilogy of films.
The filmmakers have been criticised for plans to cast Western actors in the adaptation of the Neo Tokyo-based story.
Akira Re-Viewed: Anime classic still darkly relevant 25 years later
Otomo was one of the finalists for the Grand Prix at this year's Angoulême International Comics Festival.
Non-Stop - which reunites »
Jaume Collet-Serra is a director on fire with the upcoming release of Non-Stop and the filming of Run All Night in the can. He recently took time to speak on his continuing development of Akira, and you may be surprised at his thoughts.
To get you up-to-speed on this ever-developing subject, Collet-Serra was slated to direct a live-action version of Katsuhiro Otomo's iconic manga and cult 1988 anime. Garrett Hedlund was on board to play Kaneda. Warner Bros. decided $90 million was a bit too rich for their blood, the project stalled, and the director dropped out.
However, a year later Collet-Serra returned to a more scaled-down version of the story, which is where we are now. He spoke with Coming Soon and had some really interesting things to say. They may be controversial, but he's not completely wrong either.
To cut right to the chase, when asked about what he »
- Scott Hallam
We all thought it was dead. We dreamed of stepping on its throat, and having it let out it.s dying breath. And when it came true, we took to the hills and celebrated. We fired weapons. We kissed our loved ones just a little harder, wetter, better. We swam in the oceans and lakes, danced to the loudest beats and stood over its grave and relieved ourselves. The Akira remake was dead. Or is it? Jaume Collet-Serra was the last filmmaker involved in Warner Bros.. ill-advised in-development live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo.s acclaimed manga and anime film. Warner Bros. had constantly been tamping down their ambitions, claiming it would be a trilogy, then two films, then one mega-budgeted one - the budget of which kept slipping. Even as Collett-Serra talked the budget down to $90 million ($10 million more than Grown Ups 2 cost), the studio persisted on a version »
Fan Poster by Harrell Erik Wong
Warner Bros. has been looking to get a live-action Akira movie into production for years, but it seems like they have no idea how to go about adapting it properly. Back in 2011, Non-Stop director Jaume Collet-Serra was attached to direct it with Garrett Hedlund taking on the role of Kaneda. The movie was then put on hold after the studio decided to cut its budget down to only $90 million. Since then the director dropped out of the project, then came back on to try to develop a more scaled down version of the Katsuhiro Otomo 1988 cult classic anime. If there's one thing this movie doesn't need, it's to be scaled down.
For those of you who are curious about the film and the direction they plan on taking it, Collet-Serra recent talked about about it with Comingsoon, saying,
"It's different, because you have to »
- Joey Paur
Keeping track of the trajectory on Warner Brothers’ announced live-action remake of Akira - Katsuhiro Otomo’s highly influential 1988 anime film (adapted from his 1980 manga of the same name) – has proven challenging at best. Since receiving a green-light several years ago, the production has been put on hold not once, but twice, and endlessly cycled through directors and cast members (from Kristen Stewart to Ken Watanabe); most recently, Jaume Collet-Serra, the man behind the Liam Neeson action vehicle Unknown, walked away from the film after failing to get WB’s blessing to move forward with a $90 million dollar budget.
- Andy Crump
Back in 2011, Jaume was set to direct the live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's manga and cult 1988 anime, with Garrett Hedlund in the in the lead role as Kaneda.However the studio decided $90 million budget was too big for the film and pulled the plug on the project. A year later the director, got back on the project and is currently trying to scale it down. Here's what he had to say when asked if he was still working on the project, "I'm still working on "Akira," so that's part of my life". says the director, It's great that they're waiting for me. It's different, because you have to be respectful of the source material. Otomo adapted his own work from a manga into an anime and both things are completely different and genius. The only way to do a live version of "Akira" is to take »
At the press junket for his latest Liam Neeson action vehicle Non-Stop --the second after Unknown and before next year's Run All Night --director Jaume Collet-Serra gave us the skinny on his much-buzzed-about remake of Akira for Warner Bros. In 2011 he was all set to helm the live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's beloved manga and cult 1988 anime, with Garrett Hedlund in the frame as biker gang leader Kaneda, before the studio decided $90 million was too big a gamble for an admittedly oddball project with subversive political undertones and heady sci-fi concepts galore. A year after dropping out, Collet-Serra got back on the Akira bandwagon and is currently pursuing a more scaled-down version that will allow audiences a passport into Otomo's futuristic cyberpunk »
In 2002, Warner Bros. acquired rights to make a live-action remake of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira. Plans for it didn't start to really materialize until 2008. That is when Irish short film director Ruairi Robinson ("The Last Days on Mars") was brought on board to direct. At that time, the script was being written by Gary Whitta ("The Book of Eli"), and Leonardo DiCaprio would've been one of the producers. Of course things fell apart and the project would end up in two other directors hands (Albert Hughes and Jaume Collet-Serra) before WB finally pulled the plug on it in 2012. Below, you will find several pieces of concept art that conceptual illustrator James Clyne created for Robinson's version of Akira. You'll also find some artwork that Clyne created for Tom Cruise's Oblivion and Gavin Hood's Ender's Game. Akira Concept Art By James Clyne Oblivion Concept Art By James Clyne »
The land of the Rising Sun is a country of contradictions. The Japanese honour the old ways but lead the world in technological advancements. They are bastions of tradition and ceremony yet gave the world insane game shows and karaoke. As such, it should surprise no one that a country which has practised a ritualised puppet theatre for hundreds of years should also make animated films which are like eastern equivalents of Alice In Wonderland on industrial strength mescaline.
Anime started to come to the world’s attention after the release of Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark 1988 release Akira, a science fiction epic which has influenced everything from The Matrix to Chronicle. Over the next two decades mainstream success has followed culminating in the Oscar success of Spirited Away in 2002, the highest grossing anime film of all time made by Studio Ghibli. In an industry worth over $2 billion a year most »
- Kristopher Powell
Next to Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira , a movie that Warner Bros. has been trying to turn into a live action epic for a long time, Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell may be one of the most known Japanese Manga comics and Anime films outside of Japan, and DreamWorks seems to be ready to move forward with the idea of doing a live action version of the Japanese cyberpunk cartoon after years of trying to make it happen. According to Deadline , DreamWorks has made a deal with Rupert Sanders, director of Snow White and the Huntsman , to help bring the sci-fi police thriller to life from a script by William Wheeler. Produced by Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul and with the backing of Steven Spielberg, the rights to Shirow's original 1989 complex futuristic thriller about the members of »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 9 Jan 2014 - 06:25
We head back a decade to look at a few films that deserve more attention. Here’s our list of 25 underappreciated movies of 2004...
Think back to 2004, and you might dredge up hazy memories of the computer-generated fairytale sequel Shrek 2, Alfonso’s Harry Potter installment, The Prisoner Of Azkaban, or maybe Mel Gibson’s phenomenally successful Passion Of The Christ.
It’s rather less likely that you’ll remember some of the films on this list. You’re probably aware of the drill by now: we’ve gone back into our distant, beer-addled memories to find 25 of the less commonly-lauded movies from the year 2004.
Some of them did reasonably well at the time, but appear to have been forgotten since (especially the one eclipsed by its own internet meme), while others were coolly received by the public or critics (and sometimes »
19 items from 2014
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